ENDS Report Issue 417, October 2009
Recent events highlight the importance of regulation and enforcement to environmental protection.
Business satisfied with final Carbon Reduction Commitment.
- Hatfield set to win clean coal funding
- UK greenhouse gas stats under fire
- Obituary: ENDS Report founder David Layton
- New planning system to assess energy projects
- WRAP restructures to meet new priorities
- Payment for ecosystem services trialled
- ENDS infographic: Success of forest certification is largely limited to developed countries
Bank could help private capital flow to low-carbon industries, says Aldersgate Group.
- Brand emissions leaders and laggards identified
- Recession puts dent in green consumerism
- UK companies fail to curb carbon emissions
- Car scrappage scheme extended to £400m
- Low carbon price hinders responsible investment
- SKM to buy Enviros for £27m
- UK carmakers improve energy efficiency
Energy & carbon
CCC calls on government to double rate of emissions cuts and fix dysfunctional electricity market.
- Energy security could cost £200bn by 2020
- Biomass plant to source sustainably
- Biofuel CHP plants face permitting cost
- Buildings going green in spite of crunch
- Nuclear ‘will require government support’
- List reveals carbon leakage sectors
Pollution & clean-up
A £13m clean-up in Cambridgeshire has stopped herbicide further polluting an aquifer.
- New sewage treatment to cut carbon
- SEPA names Scotland’s biggest polluters
- Battle over Glebelands toxic site intensifies
- Little progress in POPs releases
- Public 'does not understand water efficiency'
- Study raises concerns over faecal indicators
- UK faces legal action over sewage overflows
The technology promises enormous energy savings but is not expected to be widely used before 2020.
- WWF timber group raises sourcing standards
- Impacts of windows and plasterboard identified
- Call for wider RoHS bans for electronics
- One in six servers unused, study finds
- Government makes progress on green ICT
- Mercedes’ CO2 ad found misleading
Waste & resources
A hazardous waste firm is being investigated after pollution killed thousands of fish.
- Battery schemes rush to sign members
- More transparency over waste costs on the cards
- More 'zero-waste places' announced
- DIY firms pledge to cut packaging
- Plastic bottle recycling hits 39%
- Agency approves ‘WEEE row’ schemes
The NHS produces at least 1% of municipal waste, but no one can say how much is recycled, reused or misconsigned.
Private equity and venture capital have a critical role in developing low-carbon products and services.
- Pioneering phosphorus-recovery process trialled
- Cleantech investment collapses, then rebounds
Environmental law enforcement shake-up draws broad support, but concern over some details.
- CRC refined to answer participants’ concerns
- Feed-in tariff plans criticised by all sides
- Wales to reject water competition plans
- Thames Gateway to be ‘water neutral’
- Water and biowaste bodies criticise odour plans
- Doubts remain over London air quality plans
- Government backdown over emissions targets
- Water industry slams ‘short-term’ price limits
- Agency plans fee cuts
- Government sustainability targets to be extended
- Shake-up of ecodesign enforcement announced
- Benn announces review of ecological network
- Strategy for English soils published
- Commercial waste strategy falls short
- Welsh bag tax plan roundly criticised
- Scotland fills PPC energy-efficiency loophole
- Scottish harbour dredging to require EIA
- Waste proposals given short shrift
Greater flexibility could yet produce a climate deal at Copenhagen, but time is running out.
- Senate climate bill aims for 20% emissions cut
- Call for €50bn boost for energy research
- REACH deadline for chemical-using bodies nears
- Voluntary ecodesign agreements under review
- Tyre-labelling regulations agreed
- Call for mandatory nanomaterials reporting
- Shipping bodies back carbon trading
- US to reform national chemicals regulation
Parliament & Politics
High Court rules on abuse of process and enforcement.
- BVH and its director fined £120,000
- Anaerobic digestion firms fined for permit breaches
- Composter fined for water pollution
- Waste operator hit with £60,000 penalty
- Illegal tyre exports costs company £10,000
- SEPA achieves 100% prosecution record
- Dualit’s packaging offences cost £23,406
- Farmers fined for slurry pollution
- Severn Trent pays out for river pollution
- Man sentenced for illegal skip operation
- Vandalism leads to water pollution fine